​Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker Jim Sheridan to Lead CFC Writers Workshop at Whistler Film Festival

By CFC Staff November 30, 2010 17:00


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TORONTO, November 30, 2010 - CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is proud to once again collaborate with the 2010 Whistler Film Festival on the Whistler Summit industry conference and is honored to have master story teller and acclaimed filmmaker Jim Sheridan lead the CFC Writers Workshop.

The CFC Writers Workshop presented by Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund, and supported by BC Film will take place on Saturday, December 4th. Three BC-based screenwriters with dramatic feature films in development are invited to participate in an intimate roundtable setting with acclaimed writer and director Jim Sheridan. This workshop is designed to provide writers with valuable insight on their scripts, the chance to delve more deeply into the screenwriting process and discuss how best to strengthen their script to successfully attract support in the international marketplace.

Jim Sheridan's films have achieved popular and critical acclaim throughout the world. His films have garnered sixteen Academy Award nominations and have won two Academy Awards as well as numerous prestigious international awards.

Following a distinguished career in the theatre between the 1960s and the 1980s, Jim Sheridan wrote and directed his first critically-acclaimed feature My Left Foot in 1989. He followed this in 1990 with The Field, which he also wrote and directed. In the same year he wrote the screenplay Into The West which was directed in 1992 by Mike Newell. In 1993 he wrote, produced and directed In The Name of the Father and in 1995 he wrote and produced Some Mother's Son, which was directed by Terry George. In 1997 he wrote, produced and directed The Boxer and in 1999 he produced Agnes Browne, directed by and starring Anjelica Huston. He is also executive producer of Borstal Boy, On The Edge and Bloody Sunday. His film In America, which he produced, directed and wrote, was released in 2003. In 2005 he directed and produced Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Brothers was released in 2009 and he is currently in post-production on his latest film Dream House.

The aim of the CFC/WFF alliance is to further advance Canadian creative talent and their projects by ensuring that Western based talent has access to advanced professional development opportunities. The CFC's training initiatives endeavors to support participants by: elevating their creative skills, assisting in the cultivation of significant industry contacts, and ultimately promoting the production of home town projects that will have a positive impact on the creators' local economy.

About the Whistler Film Festival
Taking place December 1 to 5, the 10th anniversary Whistler Film Festival combines an esteemed international film competition, with a concentrated industry conference organized to address the ever-changing landscape of content creation. As well as honouring excellence in international film, Whistler provides an intimate, interactive and inspiring meeting place for the screen based entertainment industry to meet and network, to enable co-production deals and generate new business partnerships, and to explore current issues and future trends.